Eurovision Song Contest 2007
The Eurovision Song Contest 2007 was the 52nd edition of the annual Eurovision Song Contest. It took place in Helsinki, Finland, following Lordi's win at the 2006 contest in Athens, Greece with the song "Hard Rock Hallelujah". It was the first time Finland had hosted the contest - 46 years after the country made its debut. It was the first contest hosted in a Nordic country since 2001 in Copenhagen. Organised by the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) and host broadcaster Yleisradio (Yle), the contest was held at the Hartwall Areena, and consisted of a semi-final on 10 May, and the final on 12 May 2007. The two live shows were hosted by Jaana Pelkonen and Mikko Leppilampi. In addition, Krisse Salminen acted as guest host in the green room, and reported from the crowds at the Senate Square.
|Eurovision Song Contest 2007|
|Semi-final||10 May 2007|
|Final||12 May 2007|
|Directed by||Timo Suomi|
|Executive supervisor||Svante Stockselius|
|Executive producer||Heikki Seppälä|
|Host broadcaster||Yleisradio (Yle)|
|Number of entries||42|
|Voting system||Each country awarded 12, 10, 8–1 point(s) to their 10 favourite songs.|
Forty-two countries participated in the contest - three more than the previous record of thirty-nine, that took part in 2005. The EBU decided to put aside its limit of 40 countries, which would have meant excluding some countries using a ranking order scheme. The Czech Republic and Georgia made their first participation this year, with Montenegro and Serbia taking part as independent nations for the first time. Austria and Hungary both returned, after their absence from the previous edition. Meanwhile, Monaco decided not to participate.
The winner was Serbia with the song "Molitva", performed by Marija Šerifović and written by Vladimir Graić and Saša Milošević Mare. This was Serbia's first victory in the contest, and indeed, the first year they competed as an independent nation. Also, this was the first victory for one of the former Yugoslav republics. It was also the first winning song entirely performed in a country's native language since Israel's "Diva" in 1998. Ukraine, Russia, Turkey and Bulgaria rounded out the top five. Further down the table, Belarus achieved their best placing to date, finishing sixth. Meanwhile, Ireland achieved their worst placing in the contest, finishing twenty-fourth (last place). Of the "Big Four" countries Germany placed the highest, finishing nineteenth.
Helsinki, the Finnish capital, was chosen as the host city, although other cities were in the running; the second-largest city of Espoo, the third-largest city of Tampere, and the city of Turku all submitted bids to host the contest.
In the end, Helsinki was chosen, with the host venue being the Hartwall Areena. The venue is a large multi-functional indoor arena, which opened in 1997, and can take some 12,000-15,000 spectators for concerts. Its name comes from its largest sponsor, the beverage company Hartwall, also based in Helsinki. For the contest, the arena was referred to as the Helsinki Arena.
On 12 March 2007, the draws for the running order for the semi-final, final and voting procedure took place. A new feature allowed five wild-card countries from the semi-final and three countries from the final to choose their starting position. The heads of delegation went on stage and chose the number they would take. In the semi-final, Austria, Andorra, Turkey, Slovenia and Latvia were able to choose their positions. In the final, Armenia, Ukraine and Germany were able to exercise this privilege. All countries opted for spots in the second half of both evenings. Shortly after the draw, the entries were approved by the EBU, ending the possibility of disqualification for the Israeli song. The United Kingdom chose their entry after the deadline because they were granted special dispensation from the EBU.
The contest saw some minor changes to the voting time-frame. The compilation summary video of all entries including phone numbers was shown twice. The voting process was the same as 2006 except there was fifteen minutes to vote, an increase of five minutes on the 2006 Contest. In the final, the results from each country were once again shown from one to seven points automatically on screen and only eight, ten and twelve were read by the spokespeople. For the first time, the winner was awarded a promotion tour around Europe, visiting Denmark, Spain, Sweden, the Netherlands, Greece and Germany. The tour was held between 16 May and 21 May. The event was sponsored by Nordic communications group TeliaSonera, and — as with several previous contests — Nobel Biocare. Apocalyptica were the interval act, and played a medley of songs: Worlds Collide, Faraway and finally Life Burns!, but without the usual lyrics.
The official logo of the contest remained the same as 2006; the flag in the centre of the heart was changed to the Finnish flag. The European Broadcasting Union and YLE announced that the theme for the 2007 contest would be "True Fantasy", which embraced Finland and "Finnishness" in terms of the polarities associated with the country. The design agency Dog Design was responsible for the design of the visual theme of the contest which incorporated vibrant kaleidoscopic patterns formed from various symbols including exclamation marks and the letter F. The stage was in the shape of a kantele, a traditional Finnish instrument. On 20 February 2007 a reworked official website for the contest was launched marking the first public exhibition of this year's theme. An official CD and DVD were released (but no HD DVD or Blu-ray, despite the event being broadcast in high definition for the first time). An official fan book was also released. The themes of the postcards (short videos between the acts) were short stories happening in different Finnish places.
Participating countries in a Eurovision Song Contest must be active members of the EBU.
42 countries submitted preliminary applications. Although in previous years the maximum number of participating countries was 40, the EBU allowed all 42 to participate in 2007. The Czech Republic, Serbia, Montenegro and Georgia all entered the contest for the first time in 2007. Monaco announced its non-participation on 12 December 2006, and the EBU announced the final lineup of 42 countries on 15 December 2006.
Evridiki returned to represent Cyprus, having previously represented the nation in 1987 as a backing singer for Alexia, and in 1992 and 1994. Eiríkur Hauksson previously represented Iceland in 1986 as part of the vocal trio ICY and he previously represented Norway in 1991 as part of the group Just 4 Fun. Karolina Gočeva previously represented Macedonia in 2002. Edsilia Rombley previously represented the Netherlands in 1998.
The semi-final was held on 10 May 2007 at 21:00 (CET). 28 countries performed and all 42 participants voted.
Countries qualified for the final are highlighted.
- 1.^ Contained some words in French and Spanish.
- 2.^ Although the song was performed in English, the title and sentence in the lyrics "Ven a bailar conmigo" is in Spanish.
The finalists were:
- the four automatic qualifiers France, Germany, Spain and the United Kingdom;
- the top 10 countries from the 2006 final (other than the automatic qualifiers);
- the top 10 countries from the 2007 semi-final.
All countries participating in the contest were required to use televoting and/or SMS voting during both evenings of the contest. In the event of technical difficulties, or if the votes of the country did not meet the EBU threshold, then a back-up jury's results were to be used. Albania and Andorra were the only countries that used juries. A draw was held in Helsinki to establish the order in which the countries presented their votes during the final.
|Voting procedure used:
100% Jury vote
|The table is ordered by appearance in the semi-final, then by pre-determined voting order.|
Below is a summary of all 12 points in the semi-final:
|9||Serbia||Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Macedonia, Montenegro, Slovenia, Switzerland|
|6||Turkey||Albania, Belgium, France, Germany, Netherlands, United Kingdom|
|Belarus||Armenia, Israel, Moldova, Russia, Ukraine|
|Latvia||Estonia, Ireland, Lithuania, Malta, Poland|
|Hungary||Denmark, Iceland, Serbia|
|Iceland||Finland, Norway, Sweden|
|Moldova||Belarus, Portugal, Romania|
|Voting procedure used:
100% Jury vote
|Bosnia and Herzegovina||106||7||1||8||1||7||8||10||8||10||8||3||6||8||4||7||6||4|
|Vertically, the table is ordered by appearance in the final. Horizontally, the table is ordered by voting order.|
Below is a summary of all 12 points in the final:
|9||Serbia||Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Finland, Hungary, Macedonia, Montenegro, Slovenia, Switzerland|
|5||Ukraine||Andorra, Czech Republic, Latvia, Poland, Portugal|
|Turkey||Belgium, France, Germany, Netherlands, United Kingdom|
|3||Russia||Armenia, Belarus, Estonia|
|Belarus||Israel, Russia, Ukraine|
In addition to the main winner's trophy, the Marcel Bezençon Awards and the Barbara Dex Award were contested during the 2007 Eurovision Song Contest. The OGAE (French: Organisation Générale des Amateurs de l'Eurovision, English: General Organisation of Eurovision Fans) voting poll also took place before the contest.
Marcel Bezençon AwardsEdit
The Marcel Bezençon Awards honour the best competing songs in the final. Named after the founder of the contest, the awards were created and first handed at the 2002 contest by Christer Björkman (Sweden's representative in the 1992 contest and the country's current Head of Delegation), and Richard Herrey (a member of the Herreys who won the 1984 contest for Sweden). The awards are divided into three categories: Artistic Award which was voted by previous winners of the contest, Composers Award, and Press Award.
|Artistic Award||Serbia||"Molitva"||Marija Šerifović||Vladimir Graić
Saša Milošević Mare
|Composers Award||Hungary||"Unsubstantial Blues"||Magdi Rúzsa||Magdi Rúzsa
|Press Award||Ukraine||"Dancing Lasha Tumbai"||Verka Serduchka||Verka Serduchka||2nd||235|
OGAE is an international organisation which conducts a voting poll for the favourite songs among its members before the annual contest. It consists of a network of over 40 Eurovision Song Contest fan clubs across Europe and beyond. Below is the top five overall results, after all the votes had been cast.
|Country||Song||Performer(s)||Composer(s)||OGAE result||Eurovision Ranking|
|Serbia||"Molitva"||Marija Šerifović||Vladimir Graić, Saša Milošević Mare||184||1st|
|Belarus||"Work Your Magic"||Dmitry Koldun||Philip Kirkorov, Karen Kavaleryan||159||6th|
|Switzerland||"Vampires Are Alive"||DJ BoBo||DJ BoBo||156||20th in Semi-Final|
|Cyprus||"Comme ci, comme ça"||Evridiki||Dimitris Korgialas, Poseidonas Giannopoulos||142||15th in Semi-Final|
|Greece||"Yassou Maria"||Sarbel||Alex Papakonstantinou, Marcus Englöf, "Mack"||107||7th|
- Table reflects the corrected result of Switzerland since the cited source had a calculation error.
Barbara Dex AwardEdit
The Barbara Dex Award is a humorous fan award given to the worst dressed artist each year. Named after Belgium's representative who came last in the 1993 contest, wearing her self-designed dress, the award was handed by the fansite House of Eurovision from 1997 to 2016 and is being carried out by the fansite songfestival.be since 2017.
|Ukraine||"Dancing Lasha Tumbai" (Dancing Лаша Тумбай)||Verka Serduchka||Andriy Danylko|
International broadcasts and votingEdit
Voting and spokespersonsEdit
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The order in which each country announced their votes was determined in a draw during the heads of delegation meeting. The spokespersons are shown alongside each country.
- Montenegro – Vidak Latković
- Belarus – Juliana
- Armenia – Sirusho (Armenian representative in the 2008 contest)
- Andorra – Marian van de Wal (Andorran representative in the 2005 contest)
- Austria – Eva Pölzl
- France – Vanessa Dolmen
- Denmark – Susanne Georgi (Andorran representative in the 2009 contest)
- Greece – Alexis Kostalas
- Spain – Ainhoa Arbizu
- Serbia – Maja Nikolić
- Finland – Laura Voutilainen (Finnish representative in the 2002 contest)
- Turkey – Meltem Ersan Yazgan
- Bosnia and Herzegovina – Vesna Andree Zaimović
- Belgium – Maureen Louys
- Portugal – Francisco Mendes
- Albania – Leon Menkshi
- Romania – Andreea Marin Bănică
- Cyprus – Giannis Haralambous
- Croatia – Barbara Kolar
- Slovenia – Peter Poles
- Israel – Jason Danino-Holt
- Germany – Thomas Hermanns
- Lithuania – Lavija Šurnaitė
- Norway – Synnøve Svabø
- Switzerland – Sven Epiney
- Czech Republic – Andrea Savane
- Netherlands – Paul de Leeuw and Edsilia Rombley
- Ireland – Linda Martin (Irish representative in the 1984 contest and winner of the 1992 contest)
- Malta – Mireille Bonello
- Estonia – Laura Põldvere (Estonian representative in the 2005 contest as part of Suntribe and in the 2017 contest alongside Koit Toome)
- Georgia – Neli Agirba
- Bulgaria – Mira Dobreva
- Sweden – André Pops
- Ukraine – Katya Osadcha
- Russia – Yana Churikova
- Latvia – Jānis Šipkevics (Latvian representative in the 2006 contest as part of Cosmos)
- Iceland – Ragnhildur Steinunn Jónsdóttir
- Poland – Maciej Orłoś
- Moldova – Andrei Porubin
- United Kingdom – Fearne Cotton
- Macedonia – Elena Risteska (Macedonian representative in the 2006 contest)
- Hungary – Éva Novodomszky
- Australia – Although Australia was not itself eligible to enter, the semi-final and final were broadcast the event on SBS. As is the case each year, they were not broadcast live due to the difference in Australian time zones. Australia aired the United Kingdom's broadcast, including commentary from Paddy O'Connell, Sarah Cawood and Terry Wogan. Before the broadcasts, viewers were told by an SBS host that the Eurovision Song Contest was one of their most popular programmes. The final rated an estimated 436,000 viewers, and was ranked number 20 on the broadcasters top rating programs of the 2006/2007 financial year.
- Azerbaijan – Azerbaijan were willing to enter the contest, but since AzTV applied for active EBU membership but was denied on 18 June 2007, they missed the contest and had to wait until they were accepted. Another Azerbaijani broadcaster, İctimai Televiziya və Radio Yayımları Şirkəti, broadcast the contest. It was a passive EBU member at the time, and had broadcast it for the previous two years. It was the only non-participating broadcaster this year to send its own commentators to the contest.
- Italy – Italian television had not entered since 1997. National broadcaster RAI is in strong competition with commercial TV stations and believes that Eurovision would not be a popular show in Italy, although the 1991 edition (held in Rome) was followed by 6 million people. They have not broadcast the contest in recent years, although an independent Italian channel for the gay community has shown the show.
A live broadcast of the Eurovision Song Contest was broadcast worldwide by satellite through Eurovision streams such as Channel One Russia, ERT World, TVE Internacional, TVP Polonia, RTP Internacional and TVR i. The official Eurovision Song Contest website also provided a live stream without commentary using the peer-to-peer transport Octoshape.
YLE produced the event in 1080i HD and 5.1 Surround Sound. This was the first year that the event was broadcast live in HD. The BBC in the United Kingdom broadcast the final in high definition on BBC HD. Swedish broadcaster SVT broadcast both the semi-final and the final on their HD-channel SVT HD. However the event is only available to buy on standard-definition DVD, with no HD DVD or Blu-ray version available in high definition.
Commentators for participating countriesEdit
The commentators of the 42 participating countries are as follows:
Commentators for non-participating countriesEdit
The commentators of the non-participating countries are:
|Country||SF / Final||Commentator(s)|
|Eurovision Song Contest: Helsinki 2007|
|Compilation album by|
|Released||20 April 2007|
|Eurovision Song Contest chronology|
Eurovision Song Contest: Helsinki 2007 was the official compilation album of the 2007 Contest, put together by the European Broadcasting Union and released by CMC International on 20 April 2007. The album featured all 42 songs that entered in the 2007 contest, including the semi-finalists that failed to qualify into the grand final.
|German Compilation Albums (Offizielle Top 100)||3|
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